Iowa State Beef Checkoff collection, planning underway

Iowa State Beef Checkoff collection, planning underway

The Iowa State Beef Checkoff is in force, with the first funds coming in to the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC).

The Checkoff is the result of a 2016 Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) referendum vote. Fifty cents per head of beef sold goes into the fund, administered by a 10-member board under the IBIC. The Checkoff is in addition to the $1 per head collected through the National Beef Checkoff Program.

Unlike the national program — which requires that 50 cents of every dollar collected be sent to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board for programs — the entire Iowa State Beef Checkoff assessment is managed in part by Iowa cattle producers.

Collections began March 1, and according to IBIC Executive Director Chris Freland around $135,000 had been collected as of April 30. Program projections anticipate $1.6 million to be paid...

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